The town of Regensburg is famous for being also the oldest town along the Danube and one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe and being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You wander through history If you walk via Regensburg.
Visit The Old Stone Bridge
The town was first settled in during the Stone Age, later the Celts termed it Radasbona and in the year 90 A.D the Romans built a fort here.
Views in the Tower
During the reign of Marcus Aurelius round the year 179 A.D. they constructed a new fortress named Castra Regina or fortress by the river Regen.
See the Roman Wall
In the year 530 A.D. it became the capital of Bavaria and lasted until the 1245 as it turned into a free Imperial city. During WWII it had been spared, being untouched by means of a bomb. Here are 5!
Oldest Sausage House
Even the 16 arched old stone bridge is a masterpiece of technology. It had been constructed in the 12th century also crosses the Danube river. Until the 1930s it had been the sole bridge of Regensburg for 800 years when they constructed the Nibelungen Bridge. It was constructed in 1135-46 in only 11 years.
Bonus: Take a Day Trip to Weltenburg Abbey
Throughout history many characters have used the bridge to cross over the Danube. Louis VII of France and his army used it to cross the Danube in their way. It was also the model bridge for several of the bridges constructed in the 12th and 13th century over Europe. Some of those would be the Judith bridge in Prague and the Augustus Bridge in Dresden.
To find great pictures of this bridge I recommend you go down to the island of Oberer Wohrd and then cross the bridge. From that point you can walk to Am Beschlacht road get terrific views of the old town of Regensburg and the old stone bridge.
The city’s skyline is dominated by regensburg Cathedral and is close to the banks of the Danube. It is but one of the best areas and is an ideal example of Gothic architecture. It has a thought history and is dioceses of Regensburg’s chair.
The first church on the website dates to around 700 when St Boniface choose the former North headquarters of the old Roman fort as the place to the bishop’s chair. The cathedral has seen some damage on the decades and has been burnt during the late 1100s. The rebuilding watched the magnificent Gothic building that I visited. There were several later developments like Baroque frescoes commissioned by Ludwig I of Bavaria and a significant restoration project took place only after the turn of this millennium.
A number of the interesting features concerning the palace include that it is separated from its cloister that is old. When it had been rebuilt this happened and a little moved to the south-west, leaving the cloister. You can also observe an Eselstrum tower — this is about the north of the palace and has been constructed to move construction material, a job it still helps with even today. Additionally, there are some stained glass windows around the building, most of which date in the 1220s and 1370s.
From up high, one of the best methods would be and I had the opportunity to scale the clock tower that stands at the end of this bridge. Initially, the Stone Bridge had three towers — north, middle and south. Towers and the initial south were constructed around 1300 and St Margaret’s chapel had been beside the one.
The north tower was initially bolstered and had a drawbridge but it had been damaged during the Napoleonic Wars. Both towers and west the south had been destroyed in the 1600s and there was a clock added as soon as the tower has been rebuilt. The tower is a fantastic spot to receive views across the town in addition to along the Danube.
In 179 Marcus Aurelius built the Roman rectangular fortified town of Castra Regina for the Legio III Italica and the town became an increasingly important place at the part of the Danube. This town is about the area today known as Altstadt or the Old City.
Areas of the Roman buildings and walls may be spotted around town and incorporated into more contemporary buildings. The East Tower of the Porta Praetoria is this was a part of the entry into the legionary camp where there were two enormous towers.
Porta Praetoria has been the north facing gate and was found during renovation work in 1885. In fact, the arches had functioned as a town gate right up before the 17th century. The northern town gate, the Porta Nigra and this, would be the only two gates north west of the Alps.
Regensburg has another claim to fame that can interest food fans — it is the website one of the oldest open restaurants on the planet. 1135AD was opened back in by Regensburg’s Historic Sausage Kitchen as it had been the’cookshop near the crane’ and served as meals to employees. Later employees in the palace project came to their meals.
The current building dates from the 17th century but there is clear evidence for the prior restaurants on the spot. Around 1800, it became famous’gesottenes Flesich’ or beef and in 1806, it started to concentrate on sausages. It opens every day from 8am to 7pm and functions around 6,000 sausages per day including regional specialties.
Since I had a little time I also managed to have to Weltenburg Abbey. This is a monastery close Weltenburg, sitting around the banks of the Danube. The monastery is said to be the earliest in Bavaria and was established back in 620.
It was said to have been set by Agilus and Eustace of Luxueil, students of Columbanus and became Benedictine in the first 8th century. The abbey has its own brewery, said to be one of the oldest monastic breweries in the world and there is currently a restaurant around the website with views across the lake, offering a menu.
I visited while from Bavaria on a Viking River Cruise into Budapest.
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